June 30, 2022

Know and Take Advantage of CBD

By Jessica Cantrell

What are the benefits of CBD?

Its main uses are as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anxiolytic. This means in simple words that it reduces inflammation, relieves pain, and calms you down. In particular, it helps to control nerves and work stress; relieve chronic back pain, sciatica, muscular or any other type of pain; as well as facilitates sleep. Since it is a natural product and does not cause addiction, its consumption is considered safer than sleeping pills.

In addition, several types of research, mainly by private companies, and financed by the U.S. government, reveal that CBD products have the potential for treatment, but not cure, of several diseases such as:

  • Autoimmune diseases (inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Neurological conditions (Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Huntington’s chorea, stroke, traumatic brain injury)
  • Metabolic syndrome (diabetes, obesity)
  • Neuropsychiatric disease (autism, ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder, alcoholism)
  • Digestive disorders (colitis, Crohn’s disease)
  • Cardiovascular dysfunction (atherosclerosis, arrhythmia)
  • Skin disease (acne, dermatitis, psoriasis) (3)

In general, you could say that it can become your best ally to live a fuller and more balanced life, with fewer muscle aches and pains and a calmer mind.

Is CBD a drug?

CBD is a type of cannabidiol, a compound extracted from the hemp plant. Its consumption is safe and NOT addictive. In other words, it is one of the non-psychoactive compounds in hemp, so it doesn’t make you “high”, far from it. And let me repeat that last point for the sake of clarity: you are NOT going to “fly”, hallucinate or feel the typical effects of hemp. That effect is caused by another, completely different substance, called THC, which is responsible for the intoxicated feeling of hemp. CBD oils and ointments typically have less than 0.03% THC or are completely free of this substance, so they do not generate psychoactive effects in the consumer.

Is CBD legal?

Currently, only products with less than 1% THC and authorized by COFEPRIS can be sold. A vote on a clear law is still awaited, particularly on the sale and recreational use of hemp. The Senate has until December 15, 2020, for this to happen (the date postponed by COVID-19).

How does CBD work?

The human body has a system, like the digestive or respiratory system that we all know from elementary school, called the endocannabinoid system. It plays an important role in regulating a wide range of processes, such as mood, energy level, gut health, immune activity, blood pressure, glucose metabolism, stress, hunger, and more(3). What CBD does is act as a key to activating this endocannabinoid system, making all these functions work better. That’s why it is so effective and, above all, natural. Let’s say that the human body is “designed” to react to this compound.

At what dosage should I consume CBD?

As each body is different and the compound works at the cellular level, the dosage for each individual will vary greatly. The size, weight, and tolerance to substances of each consumer will greatly influence this response. From 10 mg per day to 100 mg(4) will be the most common, depending on the sensitivity and tolerance of the person. The most common is through a low concentration dropper, such as the Good Vibes sublingual dropper, which can deliver a low dose for novice users.

The time it takes to take effect can vary from a few minutes to about an hour. In some cases, it may take several days of recurrent use to start noticing differences in mood(1). It is recommended to start with the lowest dose (2 drops per day) for at least two weeks to monitor the effect, and gradually increase it, either in number of drops or in concentration) as needed. It is important to say that, as with everything (even water in excess is harmful) one should not exceed the body’s capacity to assimilate it. “Everything in moderation”, as the commercials say.

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